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I keep hearing how important latching is. How will I know if my baby is correctly latched?

Firstly you should check that your baby has more than just your nipple in baby’s mouth. The nipple itself should not hurt during feeding (unless you have cracked nipples or a nipple problem). The baby should have a good mouthful of breast tissue in baby’s wide open mouth, and there should be more of the dark area of the nipple visible above the top lip than below the bottom lip. Baby’s lips should not be rolled inwards but rather splayed out over the breast. Sometimes if the baby is sucking only on the nipple a clicking sound will be heard.

When sucking the baby should have regular sucking action and be stopping for breathe every few sucks. Check to see if baby’s ears are wriggling, indicating strong motion of bottom jaw. The chin and tip of baby’s nose should be touching the breast.

If your baby is very sleepy or struggles to latch, try the following tips. It is vital that you make sure that you both relaxed and comfortable before attempting feeding. You need to have as little distraction as possible, and baby will pick up very quickly if you are struggling. So take a few deep breathes! Now make sure that you have plenty of contact with baby and especially naked skin contact. Wake baby by stroking the skin – you will soon figure out which part of the body is sensitive and best able to wake baby. Once awake, hold baby in your arms and stroke the mouth with your nipple to encourage the start of feeding. Baby can be encouraged to seek the breast if you express some colostrum directly onto baby’s lips. Make sure you are sitting up straight and bringing the baby up to the breast, instead of hunching over and pushing the breast into the baby’s mouth. The let baby do the work and take the breast.

If you do need to take the baby off the breast for any reason, use your little finger to break the suction on your breast, before moving the baby off. Pulling without breaking the suction can cause pain.

See also:

Breastfeeding - After Caesarean

Breastfeeding - Alcohol to boost milk

Breastfeeding - Basic info

Breastfeeding - Breast infection continuing feeding

Breastfeeding - Breast Infection or mastitis

Breastfeeding - Difficulty

Breastfeeding - Effect of exercise

Breastfeeding - Effect of laughter

Breastfeeding - Engorgement Discomfort

Breastfeeding - Engorgement Pain Relief

Breastfeeding - Engorgement Reason

Breastfeeding - Fear

Breastfeeding - Feeding positions

Breastfeeding - Feeding when ill

Breastfeeding - Frequent feeding

Breastfeeding - Importance

Breastfeeding - Increasing Milk

Breastfeeding - In the beginnning

Breastfeeding - Jaundice

Breastfeeding - Leaking Milk

Breastfeeding - Let-down Reflex

Breastfeeding - Medication

Breastfeeding - Milk Consistency

Breastfeeding - Milk Release

Breastfeeding - Milk Starting

Breastfeeding - Mother's Sickness

Breastfeeding - Mother's Stress

Breastfeeding - Mother's Thirst

Breastfeeding - Nipples Healing

Breastfeeding - Nipples Painful

Breastfeeding - Nipples Washing

Breastfeeding - Overdue Baby

Breastfeeding - Reasons Not To

Breastfeeding - Restless Baby

Breastfeeding - Second Baby

Breastfeeding - Shape Of Breasts

Breastfeeding - Simplicity

Breastfeeding - Sleepy Baby

Breastfeeding - Some Advantages

Breastfeeding - Watery Breastmilk

Breastfeeding - Weight Loss

Breastfeeding - When To Wean

Breastfeeding - World breast feeding day
 
   
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